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Donovan Walton
Trending: ↓ 8%
2B | B/T: L/R | 5' 10" 175LBS | Age: 26

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 5, #147, Seattle Mariners | Oklahoma State
MLB Pipeline Rank
Poor Avg Great

Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2020 14 13 0 2 0 3 0 .154 .214 .231 .445
2 Seasons 33 29 2 5 0 5 0 .172 .273 .207 .480
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2020 .154 0 3 0 .445
2 Seasons .172 0 5 0 .480

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 SEA AL 7 19 16 2 3 0 0 0 2 3 5 0 1 0 .188 .316 .188 .503
2020 SEA AL 5 14 13 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 5 0 1 0 .154 .214 .231 .445
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 SEA AL 19 3 6 0 0 .273 0 0 1 85 4.474 .263 .000 .600 .000 .000 0
2020 SEA AL 14 3 7 0 0 .250 1 1 2 50 3.571 .357 .000 .200 .077 .077 0

Scouting Report

2020

A 36th-round pick of the Mets in 2012, Walton chose to honor his commitment to Oklahoma State, where his father joined him as the school’s pitching coach. He returned for his senior year rather than sign with the Brewers in 2015, eventually landing in the fifth round of the 2016 Draft with the Mariners as a money-saving senior sign ($125,000). He worked his way to Double-A in 2018 and he was back at that level when the Mariners called him to the big leagues for the first time as a September callup in 2019.

Walton is the type who gets the complimentary label of being a “real baseball player” from evaluators. Though he lacks plus tools, his makeup and instincts allow him to maximize what he has. He makes a ton of contact from the left side of the plate, draws walks and has decent bat speed, and while he’ll never be mistaken for a power hitter, he did drive the ball more for extra bases in 2019. An average runner, he’s aggressive on the basepaths.

A shortstop in college, Walton started seeing more time at second because of his fringy arm, but then shifted back to short for the vast majority of his games in Double-A last year. He isn’t the type who can play there full time in the big leagues, but he’s ready to contribute as a savvy and hard-nosed utility type in Seattle.


2018

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 | Overall: 45

Walton turned down the Mets as a 36th-rounder in 2012 to honor his commitment to Oklahoma State, where he became a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection. Though he was drafted once again in 2015, this time by the Brewers in the 23rd round, Walton opted to return for his senior year and had his best offensive season, culminating with his selection in the fifth round by Seattle in June. Making the jump to Class A Advanced Modesto for his first full season, Walton impressed with his play on both sides of the ball in the California League, but also spent nearly two months on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

What Walton lacks in tools he makes up for with excellent instincts and all-around consistency. He's a capable switch-hitter but does most of his damage from the left side, showing good bat speed and feel to hit as well as surprising power given his size. His average speed plays up on the basepaths due to his aforementioned instincts, and he's adept at reading pitchers and picking his spots to run.

Defensively, Walton saw more time at shortstop than second base in 2017, though most scouts view him as a second baseman long term because he has below-average arm strength. The Mariners will continue to deploy Walton at both positions moving forward, as they believe he has the necessary tools to become a utility infielder at the highest level.


2017

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 50 | Arm: 45 | Field: 55 | Overall: 40

A 36th-round pick of the Mets in 2012 out of high school, Walton chose not to sign and instead honored his commitment to Oklahoma State, where he would become a three-time All-Big 12 First Team selection. The Brewers took him in the 23rd round in '15, but he opted to return for his senior year and enjoyed his best offensive season before going to Seattle in the fifth round and signing for $125,000 last June.

What Walton lacks in tools he makes up for with excellent instincts and all-around consistency. He's a capable switch-hitter but does most of his damage from the left side, showing good bat speed and feel to hit as well as surprising power given his size. His average speed plays up on the basepaths due to his aforementioned instincts, and he's adept at reading pitchers and picking his spots to run. 

Defensively, Walton saw much of his time at shortstop early in his career, though scouts view him as a second baseman long term because he has below-average arm strength. That said, the Mariners will continue to deploy Walton at both positions moving forward, as they believe he has the necessary tools to become a utility infielder at the highest level.



Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle Sweet Spot % XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 85 11 0 0.0 87.6 8.7 27.3 .175 .234 .246 .264 .269 18.2 26.3 15.8
2020 50 8 1 12.5 81.2 4.1 37.5 .168 .349 .198 .249 .349 12.5 35.7 7.1
ALL 135 19 1 5.3 84.8 6.7 31.6 .172 .288 .226 .258 .305 15.8 30.3 12.1
MLB 43517 6.4 88.3 11.9 32.8 .250 .416 .317 .322 .378 34.9 21.8 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/16/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned 2B Donovan Walton to Mariners Alternate Training Site.
09/11/2020 Seattle Mariners recalled Donovan Walton from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
09/01/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned 2B Donovan Walton to Mariners Alternate Training Site.
08/31/2020 Seattle Mariners recalled Donovan Walton from Mariners Alternate Training Site.
03/20/2020 Seattle Mariners optioned 2B Donovan Walton to Tacoma Rainiers.
09/10/2019 Seattle Mariners selected the contract of Donovan Walton from Arkansas Travelers.
02/21/2019 2B Donnie Walton assigned to Seattle Mariners.
02/21/2019 2B Donnie Walton roster status changed by Seattle Mariners.
06/13/2018 2B Donnie Walton assigned to Arkansas Travelers from Modesto Nuts.
02/24/2018 SS Donnie Walton assigned to Seattle Mariners.
08/09/2017 Modesto Nuts activated 2B Donnie Walton from the 7-day disabled list.
08/03/2017 Modesto Nuts sent 2B Donnie Walton on a rehab assignment to AZL Mariners.
06/03/2017 Modesto Nuts placed SS Donnie Walton on the 7-day disabled list.
04/01/2017 SS Donnie Walton assigned to Modesto Nuts.
02/27/2017 2B Donnie Walton assigned to Seattle Mariners.
07/07/2016 2B Donnie Walton assigned to Everett AquaSox.
06/15/2016 SS Donnie Walton assigned to Everett AquaSox.
06/14/2016 Seattle Mariners signed SS Donnie Walton.